Joining WhatsApp groups using an invite link is pretty straightforward. You can just click on the link shared by an existing group member, and you’ll be added to the member list. Following in the footsteps of larger, group-centric instant messaging (IM) platforms, WhatsApp could introduce a feature so admins can approve or deny requests to join a group through the invite link.
WhatsApp is a popular messaging platform that’s free to download and use. However, the app hasn’t always been free to download, and monetization strategies could soon make a comeback on the app in the form of a subscription model. A new report from WABetaInfo suggests a new WhatsApp Premium subscription is being tested for WhatsApp Business.
Presently, one can use an unlimited amount of Google Drive’s cloud storage for backing up WhatsApp chats and media. Google and WhatsApp have an agreement, so WhatsApp backups don’t eat into the 15GB free cloud storage Drive offers. Meanwhile, iCloud offers Apple devices a limited amount of free storage. Rumor has it that Google could soon follow in Apple’s footsteps and make unlimited Drive backups a thing of the past.
Lately WhatsApp has been working on slew of new features. Earlier this week the company announced a feature that lets you transfer chat history between iPhone and Android. WhatsApp is also working on new multi-device support. The latest WhatsApp feature is ephemeral messages. Once viewed these messages disappear after 90 days.
WhatsApp has rolled out a new disappearing photo for its app. The ephemeral message feature is called “view once” photos. Users can send one-time view photos and videos in chats. These photos or videos can be viewed only for one time, after which they disappear.
One of the most significant drawbacks of WhatsApp Web is that your phone should always be connected to the internet. WhatsApp was rumored to bring in multi-device support that would eliminate the need for a phone. Finally, the multi-device support is now available on the latest Android beta. WhatsApp blog post mentions all the measures taken to maintain security.
After quite a few months of wait, WhatsApp has finally gotten around to adding a native fingerprint lock feature to its Android client. The company had rolled out a similar feature to its iOS client with Touch ID/Face ID support a few months ago. For Android, the feature is still in beta, though it should be rolled out to the public version soon.
WhatsApp has taken its own sweet time but it has finally added native fingerprint lock ability to its Android app. Right now, the feature is in beta but it should be rolled out to the Google Play version of the app within the next month or so.
Earlier this month, WhatsApp added stickers support to its platform. By default, WhatsApp has also added some of its own set of stickers, though it is also allowing developers and designers to release their own sticker packs. So, this means that one can add their own custom sticker packs to WhatsApp. The catch? The process is slightly more complicated than it should be and since sticker support was only just introduced, the marketplace is kind of empty.